Hotel Bellevue starts from the idea of a border tree. Border trees were once planted as a kind of guardian, a marker used by legal authorities to outline the area where they could wield their power, a tool to settle border conflicts. Hotel Bellevue is an exhibition and a book. It’s a manifesto for love, anger, desire to connect, speculate and study. Only things from the heart deliver.

When you think about these trees, you discuss territories, politics, crisis, botanical species, animals ,...  because talking about these trees is not only talking about wood. The natural world is not following manmade islands. Fungi are having an enormous network beyond any kind of border (wood wide web), pollinators work where ever they find a flower to take pollen from, birds migrate around the globe using it as a whole, not as a (flexible) puzzle of fragments. In a changing and unstable climate, the idea of border trees give us the opportunity to reintroduce this local and community driven use of the landscape and learn from the stories and information that gets triggered by this landmark.

DMW Gallery           Antwerp
soloshow No Road to Hotel Bellevue  October 15, 2020 - January 9, 2021 

VITRINE Gallery             Basel
Curator: William Noel Clarke

Vogesenplatz, 4056 Basel
Switzerland
28 February - 17 july 2020

KUNST HAUS WIEN             Vienna
part of FOTO WIEN / Museum Hundertwasser

Untere Weißgerberstraße 13, 1030 Wien
Austria
11 - 27 march 2022

Broadcast interview with ORF
Coversation with Subbacultcha
Conversation with Els Roelandt in HART 217
Conversation with Nicky Aerts, KLARA Pompidou
Podcast matter about bordertrees on Radio Level Five


No Road to Hotel Bellevue is a total installation fabulating a natural world in which all artworks are interwoven as organisms unable to untangle. This coming together originates in the in-between space, the speculative space.

Trees have been evolving for 370 million years. Improving themselves, getting smarter. Yet these botanical academics stand matchless against the two-legged flag wavers. Every year we cut down minimum 15 billion trees. Half of the rainforest is already gone. Half of the earth's fertile land has become farmland. That land is divided into rectangular planes next to each other, becoming a pixelated field.

The fossil gas and the parrots, 2020, 54x74x13cm, Silkscreen on 300gsm Canson Heritage, laser-cut frame in afzeliawood

Dear god and the red cat, 2020, 54x74x13cm, Silkscreen on 300gsm Canson Heritage, laser-cut frame in afzeliawood

Arch for Roadblocks and Lockdowns, 2020, 54x74x13cm, Silkscreen on 300gsm Canson Heritage, laser-cut frame in afzeliawood
 The death, the wolf and the bird, 2020, 54x74x13cm, Silkscreen on 300gsm Canson Heritage, laser-cut frame in afzeliawood

Unattended Funerals, 2020, 54x74x13cm, Silkscreen on 300gsm Canson Heritage, laser-cut frame in afzeliawood

 
VITRINE Gallery, Basel



VITRINE Gallery             Basel
Curator: William Noel Clarke

Vogesenplatz, 4056 Basel
Switzerland
28 February - 17 july 2020

‘Our companion, our other’ is a two-person exhibition of Dries Segers and Suzanna Zak, whose practices use different photographic processes to explore animals, organisms and environments in relation to humans interaction with them.

Each artists uses unique narratives to weave together stories of human and non-human companionship. Through their thoughtful and sensitive use of subjects and material, Zak and Segers empathetically explore what it means to be together in cohabitation with others, trying to understand our shared relationships with the species we hold close.



This exibition includes works as FUNGI, Handsculptures, Dear God and the Red Cat, Fossil gas and the Parrots & The Death, the Wolf & the Bird.


HOTEL BELLEVUE
KUNST HAUS WIEN / Museum Hundertwasser, Vienna



KUNST HAUS WIEN             Vienna
part of FOTO WIEN / Museum Hundertwasser

Untere Weißgerberstraße 13, 1030 Wien
Austria
11 - 27 march 2022
In this coming together, the focus was laid on 5 bordertrees, a nailtree, seeds, an polychonic beech and 2 insects. They were surrounded by an ecosystem of dead worms, fungi, various matter, vivid wood and a portal.


Ask your hands to know the things they hold ︎